@Obsidian @Udo I see, so its kind of like the JC Penny’s of online web tech education. Everything’s always “on sale” there. Good to know. Thanks for the information again you guys, and for your thoughts and opinions.
Well, if you guys are interested to know and in case other people who are just starting out come across this thread, I want to add an update about what I decided to do, my communication with teamtreehouse , and my thoughts.
I decided that, since there is a 30-day money back policy on the Udemy courses if I’m not satisfied, I’d go ahead and buy the courses that I most want to complete now, before the “sale” was over.
After listening to what people here had to say, I decided that over all Lynda didn’t seem like the best option. While you get unlimited access to all the courses while you’re subscribed, I agree with Obsidian that it adds pressure to complete the courses. Plus, I like the fact that after buying a course from Udemy, I have access it forever.
So then I was only left trying to decide between Udemy and TreeHouse. Who, by the way responded to my message with this:
"Thanks for reaching out, and for your interest in our Techdegree program! The $199 charge would be per month, not per course. You will be able to work as much as you wish during that time on the courses.
The projects do have a 7-day submission timeframe you must wait before you can submit the next one, once you’ve passed. The code within your project will be reviewed, and then you’ll be given a grade of whether you’ve passed or not, or even exceeded expectations if you add the additional requests for that project outline. If you don’t pass, you can re-submit right away, after you make the necessary changes.
Here is a breakdown of the plans we offer:
- Basic $25/month or $250/annual. This provides you with access to our library and tracks page. Content within the library may have some limitations as some content is exclusive to Pro._
* Pro $49/month or $490/annual. This provides you with full access to the content within our library.
_* Techdegree $199/month or $2,388/annual. This includes everything that Pro offers but also includes our highly specialized and rigorous Techdegree course for the language that you elect. You can read up on our Techdegree program at teamtreehouse
With the Techdegree plan, you will get access to private discussion channels using the instant-messaging app Slack. You can talk to other students in the program in real-time: share resources, discuss the projects, and even have other students and staff look over your projects and give you feedback before you submit them for grading.
For the Basic and Pro plans, you will have access to our [Community] forum, to seek out help with your code or further understanding of content in our courses. Once you’ve posted your question on our forum our teachers can then provide assistance."
I considered not posting this without their permission because it seemed like it would be bad somehow, but this is really just and informative message about what they offer, so, I don’t think any harm will come of it.
I also read a bit more about whey offer from a few different sites and watched a few videos that different people posted about it. And I have to say that I’m kind of won over by them.
To me, it seems worth it because I’ll have access to the teachers and to the other students. I think it will make learning much faster and easier to have that guidance. And, even if the techdegrees aren’t taken very seriously, I’ll still learn what I need to know about what I study from them, which is what I’m mainly concerned about.
And I’ll use Udemy for things that I can’t learn at TreeHouse. I haven’t taken the plunge of signing up for TreeHouse yet. There’s a small trial period, but I want to make all 7 days count, and I don’t have time to do anything on the site yet.
I should also mention that I watched an interview with the founder and CEO of teamtreehouse And it seems like he genuinely created this service to help people. I’m not basing my entire opinion of this service off of that. I had already decided to give it a shot before seeing that video, but it does give me a better opinion of the company.
So that’s where my mind is currently. I’ll write more here for anyone who come across this or is interested later.
Thanks again for everyone who responded and helped me figure out what I wanted to do.